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Scotland’s shellfish growers got £800,000 from European Maritime Fisheries Fund

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 19, 2020
Funding worth £800,000 has been awarded to eleven of Scotland’s shellfish growers and trout producers, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.
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The grants from the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) include nearly £100,000 for phase two of the expansion of Seaforth Mussels on the Isle of Harris and around £200,000 for new specialist trout harvesting equipment at Dawnfresh Seafoods in Lanark.

Topics: Scotland

This investment for small aquaculture businesses is in addition to hardship payments of up to £27,000 which were launched as a direct response to COVID-19 last month.

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the seafood sector with the market for some products disappearing almost overnight, leaving many businesses at risk of financial ruin.

“This new funding is being awarded to businesses working in rural areas who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic, helping them to strengthen their business and recover from the loss of markets.

“Aquaculture is an important part of our food and drink success story which we need to preserve. In addition to this EMFF funding, over the last month we have provided hardship funding payments worth more than £340,000 to 28 eligible shellfish growers and trout farmers.”